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Key Phone Numbers

  • Medical Center Operator

  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

  • Patient Information

  • 201-833-3300

  • Foundation (Donations)

  • 201-833-3187

  • Human Resources

  • 201-833-7040

  • Medical Staff Office

  • 201-833-3352

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For general questions or comments, email info@holyname.org


For More Information:

201-541-5900
201-541-6305

Risk Factors

  • Being female – women are much more likely to develop breast cancer than men. Only about one in every 1,000 men is diagnosed with the disease.

  • Aging – the risk for breast cancer increases with age. Only 5 percent of women under 40 develop the disease while 2 out of 3 invasive cancers are found in women over 55.

  • Personal history – women who had breast cancer are 3 – 4 times more likely to develop another type of breast cancer.

  • Family history – if a woman's mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, especially at a young age, the risk is about 13 percent higher.

  • Inherited genes – certain gene mutations that can be passed from parents to children may increase the risk between 5 and 10 percent for breast cancer. These include, but are not limited to BRCA1 and BRCA2.

  • Radiation exposure – women who received radiation treatments to the chest as a child or young adult are 3 to 7 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

  • Obesity – being obese increases the risk of the disease.

  • Early menstruation– women who get their period before age 12 have a 20 percent increased risk.

  • Late menopause – women who begin menopause at an older age are more likely to develop breast cancer.

  • Later childbirth – women who give birth to their first child after age 30 have an increased risk; those who deliver after 35 have a 40 percent higher chance of developing the disease.

  • Never pregnant – women who have never been pregnant have an increased risk compared to women who have been pregnant at least once.

  • Hormonal therapy – women who take hormone medications with a combination of estrogen and progesterone for menopause symptoms have a 75 percent higher risk of breast cancer. This risk decreases once the medication is stopped.

  • Alcohol – having 3 alcohol drinks a week raises the risk of breast cancer by 15 percent and it increases 10 percent for each additional drink.